All Saints Parish is a community of faith in the Episcopal tradition formed by worship, committed to spiritual growth and reconciliation of all people to rite relationship with God and one another. If you are here, we believe it is because you are being led by the Holy Spirit into fuller life. Your seeking, questions, and convictions will be welcomed and honored here. Over time people move in and out of our common life—taking on and then laying down commitments—as they grow and as their lives change. All are welcome here and there are many ways to belong; we also know that All Saints will not be the right fit for everyone. We honor that as well, and will do what we can to help you find a spiritual home where you can grow in faith even if it is not All Saints. Wherever you are on your journey of faith, and wherever that journey takes you, we bless you and your journey.
What is required to belong at All Saints?
People walk different paths, and come from different backgrounds so the requirements for belonging are simple: attend worship, participate in any of the learning opportunities such as the Meeting Church Again, help out with one of our many outreach opportunities, meet with the clergy, get to know others here, any or all of these, in short do what your soul calls for to feel like you are part of this diverse community of faith. People of any faith or of no faith can feel a sense of belonging to All Saints. However, as you continue to grow in faith you may find the Spirit urging you to make more formal commitments.
What is required to be considered a Christian?
Baptism is the sacrament required to be considered a Christian. Your baptism, no matter how long ago it was, or in what denomination it was, is recognized by the Episcopal Church. If you have been baptized and want to make a commitment to becoming a baptized member at All Saints, you simply need to sign the Parish Register (usually during one of our services). If you have not been baptized, or are unsure if you have been baptized, you will want to speak to the Rector to explore this option. Anyone who is baptized is welcome to receive Communion in the Episcopal Church.
What is required to be considered an Episcopalian?
Any person whose baptism has been recorded in the records of a particular Episcopal parish is considered an Episcopalian. If you were baptized in an Episcopal Church, you are considered an Episcopalian. A person may also become an Episcopalian through Confirmation or Reception.
What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is an adult profession of faith made in the presence of a bishop. It involves a period of preparation and a laying on of hands by a bishop. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please speak to the Rector.
What is Reception?
If you have received the laying on of hands by a bishop and confirmed in another tradition (e.g., Lutheran, or Roman Catholic), you can be formally “received” into the Episcopal Church. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please speak to the Rector.
What is required to be a member of All Saints?
If you are baptized, and older than 16, all that is required to be considered a member is to sign the Parish Register in the presence of the Rector and answer a few simple questions:
Typically, the journey of belonging, and becoming a member is one of greater commitment and involvement over time driven by the inner promptings of the Spirit.
As a person growing in faith you will want to:
- Be faithful in worship:
- Celebrating the Eucharist together is essential to our life together as the Body of Christ.
- Participate in opportunities for fellowship and learning:
- Especially our Meeting Church Again course designed for newcomers. We encourage on-going growth and learning in what it means to be Christian and the building of close relationships and community.
- Be dedicated in service:
- We believe that God calls and empowers each of us for ministry in a variety of ways, and shared ministry is a core value here. Sharing our gifts sustains our common life at All Saints, our families, and our larger community. Sharing our gifts is an essential part of the life Jesus calls us to.
- Be responsible in pledging and support to the work of the Parish in carrying out God’s mission in this world.
- We commit ourselves each fall to a pledge for the coming year to finance our many community ministries, clergy and staff salaries, supplies, plus a contribution to the Diocese. We receive no funds from the Diocese. We have a modest endowment that is responsibly and conservatively managed, and we share our space with many community and recovery groups who help offset some of the many costs of our building; however, we are essentially dependent on ourselves to financially to carry out the mission and ministry of the parish. We each give what we can. There are no hidden agendas and the budget and finances of the church are open and transparent.